Asides: News of the arts in brief

November 10, 2012 

Umstead to unveil art gallery

The Umstead Hotel and Spa unveils its newly renovated art gallery at an artists’ reception Thursday night.

Painters Lynn Boggess and Jennifer Hall Boggess are showing their landscapes in the revamped gallery through January 2013.

Lynn Boggess has 14 works in the gallery’s permanent collection; they were the first pieces curated by owner Ann Goodnight. Boggess is well-known for his use of trowels rather than brushes to create his richly detailed art.

Jennifer Hall Boggess’ most recent work focuses on the scale and rapidity of landscape change. Both focus on one of their favorite spots – Laurel Creek in Canvas, W.Va.

The complimentary public reception is 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The Umstead is at 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary.

Info: 919-447-4065 or

Violin concert

Violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett traveled the state last winter seeking stories to inspire a musical collection that reflects the people and places of the Tar Heel state.

This fall the pair and their band have been touring the state with a series of concerts called “Connecting Crossroads in North Carolina.”

The final stop on the tour is at Stewart Theatre in N.C. State University’s Talley Student Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. Stewart Theatre is at 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh.

Tickets are $26-$30.

Info: 919-515-1100 or

From photo to film

Join photographers Christopher Morris and Jessica Dimmock at UNC-Chapel Hill for a look at making the leap from still photojournalism to feature cinematography.

Steven King, who teaches in Carolina’s multimedia and photography program, will moderate. Morris and Dimmock will discuss how a foundation in still photography can create a distinctive approach to filmmaking.

Other topics will include the importance of the edit, access to subjects and establishing a style that maintains editorial integrity and commercial viability.

They are part of Visual Impact 2012 presented by Canon USA and VII Photo Agency. The session is 7-9 p.m. Thursday in 211 Chapman Hall on the UNC campus.


Oils and ceramics

Experimental artists Katherine Armacost and Meredith Brickell are the current exhibitors at LIGHT Art+Design in Chapel Hill. Their oils and ceramics, respectively, will be on display through Dec. 1.

Armacost’s paintings explore change. Her work is directed by nature, history, architecture, dreams and, she says, everything she comes into contact with.

Brickell explores four themes in the ceramics she has on display: pockets, bones, renderings and tanks.

LIGHT Art+Design is at 601 W. Rosemary St. It is open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Info: 919-942-7077 or

Indian heritage

Dancers, drummers, storytellers and craftspeople from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will be on hand at the N.C. Museum of History Saturday for the annual American Indian Heritage Celebration.

The free festival is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the museum and adjacent Bicentennial Plaza.

At noon, dancers in colorful regalia will be led in procession by Miss Indian North Carolina Layla Rose Locklear, a member of the Lumbee tribe, and Mike Richardson, a Haliwa-Saponi tribe member.

Later, see a dugout canoe being burned into shape or watch a hide-tanning demonstration outside. Indoors there will be demonstrations by potters, stone carvers and basketmakers, among other activities.

Vendors will offer traditional Native American Indian foods, including fry bread, buffalo burgers, collard sandwiches and more.

The N.C. Museum of History is at 5 E. Edenton St. in Raleigh.

Info: 919-733-8655 or

By land and sea

”Sea to Shining Sea (Shallotte to Seattle)” opens Saturday at Craven Allen Gallery.

The show, Sue Sneddon’s 11th solo exhibit at the gallery, features landscapes and seascapes inspired by a cross-country trip she made via rail, ferry and car. Meet the artist at an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 19. Craven Allen Gallery is at 1106 1/2 Broad St., Durham. It’s open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 919-286-4837 or

Arts and crafts

“Hearth and Home: Arts and Crafts for Joyful Living” runs through Dec. 22 at Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery.

Shop for such arts and crafts as wood bowls and cutting boards, pottery mugs, bowls, table linens, baskets, metalwork, ornaments, crocheted items, quilts and paintings.

Participating artists include George Campbell, Justin Cole, Carol Green, Gail Greene, Jan Harris, Helen Jones, Catherine Kramer, Jo Lovvorn, Mary Ann Peter, Barbara Rich, Marie Smith, Colleen St. John, Diff Whitmore and Cedar Ridge High Woodworkers.

The gallery is at 220 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30 during Last Friday Art Walk.

It will also be open noon-6 p.m. Dec. 2 during the Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour.

Info: 919-643-2500 or

Artspace gala

Tickets are still available for this year’s Artspace Collectors Gala Saturday night.

The event benefits exhibits, educational programming and community outreach at the nonprofit arts center in downtown Raleigh.

Cocktails, small plates and hors d’oeuvres will be served 6-10 p.m. A silent auction will be 6-8:15 p.m., followed by a live auction at 8:45 and desserts and coffee 10-11 p.m.

Individual tickets are $150; studio sponsorships start at $1,500. To obtain tickets or become a sponsor, call 919-821-2787 or email Rae Marie Czuhai at

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-821-2787 or

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